Examining a Slave for Sale, Virginia, 1830

Description

Caption, Live Stock, Virginia, 1830. The author was in the United States from late 1827 to around 1830-31. This illustration is found in her chapter on Virginia and her discussion of slavery in the state, but she does not describe what the illustration is supposed to convey. The scene is the interior of a cabin, a bed in the right-hand corner; a calabash ladle or drinking gourd hangs on the wall. The black man with the cane, and the white man behind him with his hands on the black man's chest. The scene, including the image's caption, is puzzling.

Source

Frances Trollope, Domestic manners of the Americans (London, 1832), vol. 2, facing p. 18; reprinted New York, 1832, facing p. 199.

Language

English

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

trollope01

Spatial Coverage

North America--Virginia

Citation

"Examining a Slave for Sale, Virginia, 1830", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed April 2, 2020, http://www.slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1941
Caption, Live Stock, Virginia, 1830. The author was in the United States from late 1827 to around 1830-31. This illustration is found in her chapter on Virginia and her discussion of slavery in the state, but she does not describe what the illustration is supposed to convey. The scene is the interior of a cabin, a bed in the right-hand corner; a calabash ladle or drinking gourd hangs on the wall. The black man with the cane, and the white man behind him with his hands on the black man's chest. The scene, including the image's caption, is puzzling.
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